Local Artist Breathes New Life Into Holiday Memories

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RAHWAY – New Jersey artist Lloyd Garrison has made himself a part of the Christmas tradition for many Rahway residents. His unique Christmas cards capture local holiday memories.

Each year, Garrison paints a new Christmas scene. This year’s card shows the old Rahway Train Station as it appeared in the 1960s.

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“I paint these scenes each year because they bring a very special time back in people’s lives,” Garrison says.

"Next Stop Rahway," painting by Lloyd Garrison

The train station depicted on Garrison’s new card was built in 1912 and taken down in the early 1970s.  Also featured are a barber shop and pipe shop that had been in business for years. The taxi in pictured in front of the station is from Station Cab Company, which still operates in Rahway.

“The old towns were the center of commerce and each business survived for years,” Garrison said. “The owner of the store was working in the store and knew their customers by their first names. What a great time to grow up.”

“Walt’s 1962,” painting by Lloyd Garrison

“Walt’s 1962,” painting by Lloyd Garrison

Garrison also has copies of a card featuring Walt’s, a favorite hang out for Rahway and Linden residents in the 1950s and 60s, according to the artist.

“It was a place to meet old friends and make new ones. Very few places like that can be found today,” the Garrison said. “They had the best hamburgers and hot dogs.”

“Both of these cards represent a great time,” the artist said. “When we think back, it was a wonderful life.”

Garrison will be at the Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, on Dec. 2 as part of the Rahway Arts District’s “First Thursdays” event. For more information, visit www.rahwayartsdistrict.org.

For information about purchasing the cards, call Lloyd’s Gallery at 1-609-918-1776 or visit www.lloydgarrison.com.


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